Meet Judi Restemeyer
Judi Restemeyer poured her heart and soul into her work with the Alzheimer Society of Oxford, just as she did each year with the Walk for Alzheimer’s.
It was a commitment she kept for more than two decades before retiring, but for Judi, there was nothing extraordinary about it.
“When January came around each year, I never considered not attending each and every Walk For Memories event! The Walks are so very needed to support the ever-increasing demands on the services of the Society,” Judi said from her home in British Columbia.
“I also walked to support the many, many clients I came to know and love over my 20+ years with the Society.”
Judi wore many hats during her time with Alzheimer Society, starting as the coordinator for the Volunteer Companion Program, then becoming a Family Support Worker, and later the Education Coordinator.
She understands the value of the Walk and the funds raised there, both for the organization and for local residents.
“As the incidence of dementia continues to rapidly rise, more and more people will be impacted and the demand for such services will also increase. The ability of the Society to meet the projected need is dependent on the success of the fundraising,” she said.
Judi was a model of dedication, walking in all three Oxford locations each year and giving her time to other fundraising causes like Bingos.
She said it was a joy to support the Walk for Alzheimer’s.
“I loved participating in something that means so much to so many. I loved the camaraderie and fun-filled family atmosphere, as well as the poignant tribute offered to those with dementia as we walked during the Lights of Hope portion of the Walks,” Judi said.
It was also a pleasure to see such a show of support from her clients and other local people, Judi said. For her, it illustrated the impact of the Alzheimer Society.
“I loved witnessing the pride of individuals who enthusiastically raised as much money as they could to support the Society,” she said.
“It was lovely to see so many who acknowledged, by their fundraising efforts, the difference the support services offered by the Alzheimer Society of Oxford made in their lives.”
Judi Restemeyer is a retired Alzheimer Society of Oxford Family Support Worker.